The Review Update
It’s been a while since my last review. I’ve been reading various hockey books but none that really stood out. Over the summer I had a run at Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt. I thought that it would be appropriate given the Bruins won, (by won I mean used thuggery, intimidation and a lucky goaltender) the Cup. It was an enjoyable read not as much for the subject matter as for the writing prose of Mr. Brunt, though it does get repetitive in the final few chapters.
It’s been so long since I read the book therefore this post isn’t a review. I ascertained 3 important points about Orr.
1) He had/has a temper
2) Orr was so stubborn that it essentially cost him his career way back in Junior with the Oshawa Generals
3) Loyalty is King
To speak on the last point, I find it very interesting that Mr. Orr was approached by Mr. Brunt but rebuffed his advances to be included in the research for the book. I can just imagine that Orr’s response was in an awe-shucks manner with a perpetual smile on his face. He was also told to keep away from Orr’s inner circle as well. Sounds like someone with something to hide? I guess being burned by his agent, good ole Alan Eagleson and some dodgy investments through the years has made Orr very protective and extremely careful with the company he keeps.
Brunt’s account of Orr is not a flattering one. Maybe that’s why Orr didn’t want him digging around or taking to his ‘people’. For me this was a huge revelation. I used to think of Bobby Orr as the icon of hockey that Wayne Gretzky should have been, now I’m not so sure.